Forever Flounce Top (Pattern Review)


Recently, I finally took the plunge and started making some sewing patterns from Ellie & Mac Sewing Patterns*. More when they were looking for Brand Ambassadors I threw my name in the hat and I got picked as one. My first project as a Brand Ambassador for Ellie and Mac Patterns is the Adult Forever Flounce Top*.

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Initially, I wanted the first version of this pattern to be one that includes a two-sided Flounce and long sleeves. However, my fabric piece was not big enough to allow for two flounces and long sleeves. In the end, having long sleeves was more important for me so I chose to use one flounce and long sleeves.

Given my aversion towards raw edges, I used a rolled hem setting on my machine to finish the raw edge on the flounce. I just did not think that I needed to cover three edges of the fabric piece of the flounce. I am not quite sure, why I thought that that bit of the flounce will be hidden within the hem.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: PDF pattern Adult Forever Flounce Top* from Ellie & Mac Sewing Patterns* – top with single or double flounce. Can be made without sleeves, short-sleeved, 3/4 sleeves, or long sleeves with or without a cuff.

Sizing: US XS to XXL drafted for a height of 5ft5 or 165 cm

Fabric: pattern required a 4-way stretch fabric, 2 m of jersey fabric that was already in my stash

Notions: n/a

Modifications: using my body measurements I picked size M for my top. As instructed, I shortened the bodice and the sleeve by approximately 4 cm (1 1/2”) to account for my height (5ft2)

Instructions: I like that the step-by-step instructions include pictures of each step along with the written instructions. Although I do not need to follow instructions, they are easy to follow.

Fit: a bit too tight. For some reason, I expected the top to be less fitted than it is. The sleeves are still a little too long on me.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: Yes.

Watch out for: Keep in mind that the fabric for the flounce is not finished in any way and one needs to consider what fabric they will use or be mindful that there are raw edges on the top when making this one. If you do not want raw edges, when you finish the raw edges you need to cover 3 sides of the fabric piece.

Make Again?: yes. for sure. I’m thinking of sizing up and using contrast fabric for the flounces. And shorten the long sleeve a further 2 cm.

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